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| Spring | 2017 |

 


Lowell Komie Stories|Meditations on the Odd Lives We Live

Read the following stories in Lowell B. Komie, The Legal Fiction of Lowell B. Komie (Chicago: Swordfish Chicago, 2005):

"The Cornucopia of Julia K." [pp. 69-76] [online text]

"Skipping Stones" [pp. 61-68] [online text]

"I Am Greenwald, My Father's Son" [pp. 77-87] [online text]

"A Commuter's Notes" [pp. 255-263]

Instructor's Note

A 3rd Note On Writing

As you read the Komie stories, select passages that capture some aspect of a character that you fid significant, or language that you found arresting or worth returning to. Be prepared to read some of what you have marked in class that you are willing to offer some explanation as to what draws you to the passage and the significance of the passage in how you read the story.

Consider this comment by David Bartholomae and Anthony Petrosky: "A reader who needs to have access to something in the essay [story] can use simple memory aids. A reader can go back and scan, for one thing, to find passages or examples that might be worth reconsidering. Or a reader can construct a personal index, making marks in the margin or underlining passages that seem interesting or mysterious or difficult. A mark is a way of saying, 'This is something I might want to work on later.' If you mark the selections in the book as you read them, you will give yourself a working record of what, at the first moment of reading, you felt might be worth a second reading." [David Bartholomae & Anthony Petrosky, "Introduction: Ways of Reading," in David Bartholomae, Writing on the Margins: Essays on Composition and Teaching 272-288, at 277-278 (Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2005)]

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